Primitive Sheep and Maleficent

Finally … making some progress on my Day 4 start of the Cross Stitch Crazy challenge.  This is Primitive Sheep from ewe and eye and friends.  I bought this as a kit with 32 count natural linen — as with most (or all) eef projects, it is recommended to stitch with one strand of floss.

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Primitive Sheep – Start #3

This is the third time starting this project…

After all this time you would think that I would know better and not use one strand over two on 32 count linen.  It was so light that it faded away from a short distance.  On try two I used floss that I inherited from my Mom — she had a really bad habit of winding floss bobbins with floss from multiple skeins.  After about half of the sheep was done — I stepped back and saw two different dye lots. This is try 3 and it appears to be a success!!

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Primitive Sheep – fading away – Start #1

And this is my HAED challenge piece as well as  Cross Stitch Crazy challenge piece #1.

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SK Maleficent (Evil Queen)

I will post a photo of the art work soon but for now, this is from Heaven and Earth Designs and you can see it here.

This is at 2250 stitches complete.  I am stitching on 22 count tan hardanger, one over one.  The HAED challenge is to complete one full page, a minimum of 7300 stitches by March 3.

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Autumn Acorn by EEF

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This is my first finish of 2017!

A cute little piece designed by Kam of ewe and eye and friends in 1998.  I bought this as a kit that included 36 count flax fields linen, floss and buttons.  It was stitched one strand of floss over two threads with the specialty stitchs being 4 by 4.   I am not sure if the floss is Anchor or DMC.  The design size is 43 by 43 with the finished size approximately 2 5/8 inches by 2 5/8 inches.

This was the day 15 start for the Cross Stitch Crazy 2017 Challenge.  Now back to the other starts — beginning with Maleficent since she in my HAED challenge piece.

 

 

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What? January 15 Already??!!

It seems impossible that it can possibly be 15 January 2017.

The Cross Stitch Crazy Challenge has been keeping me busy with the 15 new starts.  I started a variety of projects — small, medium, large, and huge…..   Of couse, size is relative….

These are pics of the first 13 projects..  I will clean them up and add detail after all 15 are started and have a bit more progress.

I did finish the yellow car seat blanket but still need bury the ends and block it.

 

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Project List for 2017

My 2017 project list – it just keeps growing.

Quilting
Quilt for baby Cooper – must do!!
Pick a BOM from resource center and make top

Knitting
Six bandages for DOVE – must do!!
Last 2 car seat blankies from kit.

Crochet
Car seat blankies from new kit.
Pot holders / hot mats kit
Super Scarf

Needlepoint
Finish Pat Thode Santa – only needs background.
St. Basil’s needs any attention
Cupcake – try to get half complete
Sundance rug – any progress is a must do.

Cross Stitch
Realm of Middle Earth (Tilton Crafts) – new start –  25,000 stitches
Catching the Breeze (haed) – 10,000 stitches
Emma Sampler – complete
Begin another repro sampler
Begin & complete one TIAG
Join HAED challenge starting 1/1/17 with SK Evil Queen aka Maleficent (in spite of saying I was not doing any more challenges)
Join Cross Stitch Crazy 2017 using 3 project above and an additional 12

Plastic Canvas
Halloween Witch Hat Coasters
Toaster Coasters

Other Projects
Bucilla felt – one set of ornaments & start a stocking
Felt Halloween Pillow from kit
Beaded ornaments – one set

 

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Happy Christmas to All!!

It will be a busy couple of days with stitching time at a premium.  Yesterday was cookie press cookies and cleaning.  Today is wrapping & baking with football as the entertainment!

I will try to squeeze some time in for my latest project.  This is the third of the set of car seat blankies that are the kit from Mary Maxim.yellow-blankie

This is my first ever attempt at cables and when I stay on task they work up great.  When I try to multi-task (like talk and knit at the same time) …. not so much. Wearing out the yarn is a real possibility.  I like the look though I don’t think all those strings and holes are great for a baby — at least not a newborn.  In all honesty, I will finish this because I am stubborn and can say I did it.  I can not imagine ever making another, but — never say never.

It should finish up at about 18″ by 19″.

Off to do some wrapping…

Merry Christmas!!

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Christmas Projects – Two Finishes!

This is my holiday scarf.  I knit it using red heart super saver yarn, K1P1 rib over 61 stitches.  The first stitch was slipped and the last stitch knit on every row.  I used 3 full skeins and the finish is 8″ by 87.5″.   The edges look smooth and the ends blend beautifully with the stitching.

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This is a Christmas gift I made for my friend who is a big Michigan fan. Hope I got it right. Shhh… don’t tell!

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Holiday Stitching

There are never enough hours in the day once Thanksgiving arrives….  I have been busy with our Christmas decorations and have only worked on my scarf this past week.

It is just over half done at 42″ — I’m thinking the length should be  70 to 80 inches to make an “almost” super scarf. It is a little narrow and short for a super scarf but since I am small, it will be super sized on me.

Of course, I started it over from the last picture.  This version is knit with 61 stitches in k1p1 rib, I am slipping the first stitch knitwise and purling every last stitch.  It makes the edge look smooth and lovely. The knit width is 8″.

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More Stitching….

This morning I put away my Emma sampler.  It’s about one-third complete.  I have made numerous changes… some by accident some not.

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This piece will be on my 2017 stitching list.

This is the second car seat blanket that I have knit.  (The first was sent off to my niece before I realized I never took a photo — it is likely that I will make another but a little larger. )   It is from a kit by Mary Maxim.

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And….

I felt like a needed a funky holiday scarf and started this today.  It will be knit in a K1, P1 rib.  I used the Alternate Cable Cast-On from KnittingHelp.com – you can find it here.  I have used this in the past, it’s a little clumsy and slow to get in place but well worth the effort.

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Broncos Tissue Box Cover

Another fast, fun plastic canvas project….

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This was finished a couple of weeks ago but I forgot to post pictures.  Go Broncos!

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Stitch, Stitch, Stitch

How much different can my projects be??

I forgot to post a progress picture last week — I spent a few days with my reproduction  project, Emma Elliot.  I want to give it more attention since it is stitching up so nice…..

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When comparing the chart to the photo provided in the chart pack, there are a few charting variations.  That is the same as giving me permission to change the project in any way I choose.  I have made a couple of slight changes and will probably make more.  So… if you decide to stitch this project, pay attention to the photo from the chart pack if you want a more accurate reproduction.

After putting Emma away, I found some ideas for a plastic canvas project.  This is my current project that I hope to finish in a day or two….

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A large tissue box cover in plastic canvas, Broncos style.

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